I’m almost embarrassed to admit that the part of my job that involves reporting on many of the most luxurious oceanfront resorts and residential communities in the world comes with a long and luxurious list of perks. However, I wasn’t expecting to be personally escorted through customs like a VIP when I arrived in Barbados. And I wasn’t expecting a gleaming, ice-cold air-conditioned BMW sedan to be waiting to take me to Saint Peter’s Bay on the west coast of this outermost Caribbean island either. But that was only the
In fact, after the several
Saint Peter’s Bay
Barbados has a rich history as a vacation destination where the exotic and supersonic Concorde made regular round trip flights from London. And while some things may have changed since then. The blue water, white sand, and the warm people of Barbados haven’t. The island’s relatively close proximity to the east coast of the US hasn’t changed either. And when I experienced resort’s spectacular views and great amenities for myself, I felt like I was being let in on a very special secret.
But that’s only part of the story. First off, the villas feature spacious floorplans, full kitchens, enormous balconies, and
And unlike any other medium-sized resort I’ve ever seen, each upper unit is also equipped with what the locals call a “bikini elevator.” By
The resort also offers excellent dining at the Gazebo Bar and Grill. I was told the staff also organize regular barefoot barbeques so owners and guests can mix, mingle and enjoy the sunset. And of course, not only is the beach equipped with loungers and umbrellas, there’s a fully staffed watersports team that can provide everything from towels and snorkel
The only things Saint Peter’s Bay didn’t have were a super-luxe spa and a full-service marina. But that’s okay. All that and more is available at Port Ferdinand just a short drive or water taxi ride away.
A residential resort development like Port Ferdinand is quite rare in the Caribbean for many reasons. First, not too many high-end residential communities in the tropics can offer such
In fact, this could be the ultimate island community for a passionate boat owner. The slips are some of the best-built I’ve ever seen, and the whole marina-based development was brilliantly designed to allow for copious amounts of individual storage on the first/dock level of buildings, and ocean views out over the boats from the villas too.
Meanwhile, owners, guests (and visitors from Saint Peter’s Bay) can enjoy a long list of spa treatments at Port
If I haven’t convinced you just how special these resorts are yet. Maybe this will. I’ve never seen more
So, if you’re looking to escape to a place that combines quality construction, natural beauty